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Kirk Torrance: Nudity, swimming and the fight to become Wayne Judd...

Interview – 2010

Former Commonwealth Games athlete Kirk Torrance (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa) struggled with asthma and school as a child, before realising his potential as an internationally competitive swimmer. Following his exploits at home and abroad in the pool, Torrance graduated from Toi Whakaari and embarked on a successful career in film and television. His most memorable performances to date include Toa in Fish Skin Suit, Lee Kapene in Shortland Street, Holden in award-winning feature film Stickmen, and detective Wayne Judd in the hit TV series Outrageous Fortune.

In this ScreenTalk, Torrance talks about:

  • Growing up as an asthmatic kid in Dargaville
  • Traveling overseas to swim on the world stage
  • Facing unexpected nudity at drama school
  • Issues behind the scenes of Fish Skin Suit
  • Shooting feature film Stickmen
  • His double life on Shortland Street
  • The Outrageous audition process for Wayne Judd, and the complexities of realising the character
  • Facing his family with Wayne Judd's moustache
This video was first uploaded on 2 March 2010, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – James Coleman